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Cohen I. R. (2017) Francisco Varela and Immune System Modeling, Closure, Cognition and Enaction. Constructivist Foundations 13(1): 151–154. Fulltext at
Open peer commentary on the article “The Epigenetic Immune Network” by Nelson Monteiro Vaz & Luiz Antônio Botelho Andrade. Upshot: Vaz and Andrade recount how Varela collaborated with a group of immunologists to advance a nonconformist view of the immune system. Here, I outline my interpretation of four concepts related to the philosophy of the immune system that Vaz and Andrade associate with the ideas of Varela: modeling, cognition, closure and enaction.


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